CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard football team racked up 505 yards of total offense as the Crimson rolled past Cornell, 31-17, Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 11,434 at The Stadium. Gino Gordon ran for 158 yards, while Colton Chapple threw for a touchdown and 191 yards in Harvard's (3-1, 1-1 Ivy) first Ivy League win of the season.
Gordon scored on a 19 yard run with 3:35 left in the first quarter for the only score of the first half. The teams traded field goals in the third quarter before the Crimson drove for three straight scores in the final 15 minutes of the game behind a series of big plays.
Colton's pass to Levi Richards with 11:09 to play in the game was the final of a 10-play drive that went 87 yards in 4:01 and gave the Crimson a 17-3 lead. Harvard halted the Big Red's next drive with two sacks, including one of Ben Graeff's four on the day, before an incomplete pass put the ball back into the Crimson's hands.
Harvard' next drive ended with a 43 yard run into the end zone by sophomore Rich Zajeski, putting the Crimson up 24-3 with just over eight minutes on the clock. The Big Red answered with it's first touchdown of the day as Jeff Matthews connected with Ryan Housk. Nnamed Obulkwelu blocked the extra point attempt however, to keep the score at 24-9.
Gordon ripped off a 65-yard run on the opening play of Harvard's next drive which ended with Chapple running it into the end zone on a QB keeper two yard line.
The Big Red scored late as Matthews connected with Shane Savage but the Big Red was largely ineffective against a tenacious Harvard defense, which recorded nine sacks, seven pass break ups, seven quarterback hurries and an interception.
Al told, Harvard rushed for 314 yards on 45 carries (7.0 ypc), one week after rushing for 311 yards in a win over Lafayette. Joining Gordon in the ground attack was Treavor Scales, who had 93 yards on 11 carries (8.5 ypc) while Zajeski finished with 47 yards. Adam Chrissis had five catches for 71 yards.
Graeff finished his day with seven solo tackles in all while Alexander Norman had nine (six solo) and Josh Boyd had eight total tackles. The Crimson limited Cornell to 194 yards of total offense, including 69 rushing yards on 36 carries (1.9 ypc).
Harvard steps out of Ivy League play one last time this season when it hosts Lehigh next Saturday at noon in Harvard Stadium.